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All North American Ford Fusion Production To End In 2020

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Earlier this week it was announced that Ford would be ending production of the Fusion Sport, the performance-oriented version of the Fusion. We knew that the Ford Fusion would end at some point as Ford had announced that it would be discontinuing all cars except the Mustang in North America. While the Fusion Sport was being discontinued for the 2020 model year, we didn’t know how long the other Fusion models would hold on in North America.

Ford has now announced that it will stop producing all Fusion models in North America in 2020. A Ford spokesman called Jiyan Cadiz said that Ford would end the Fusion Sport as of the 2020 model year and end all Fusion production in 2020. The spokesman didn’t confirm if Ford would be producing any 2021 model year Fusion vehicles. Production of 2021 model year Fusions would typically start in 2020.

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The spokesman also talked about the demise of the Fusion Sport stating that for the final production year Ford wanted to simplify the offering and Focus on the SE, SEL, and Titanium models of the Fusion that are more popular. Cadiz said that the Fusion Sport accounted for less than 10 percent of total Ford Fusion sales. Ford has been offering substantial incentives to get shoppers to buy the Fusion and for May has a rebate going that offers $2,250 off.

The Fusion was Ford’s car used to target the competitive midsize segment and fight against Toyota, Honda, and Nissan, but it never proved popular enough to defeat those brands. Ford was able to sell over 300,000 Fusions in 2014 and 2015, it only sold 173,600 Fusions in 2018, but sales grew 8.8 percent to 77,578 units in the first five months of 2019. The growth could have had something to do with strong incentives as Ford phases the Fusion out in North America. The automaker still plans to offer the Ford Fusion overseas.

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Source: Automotive News

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. To be honest, this isn’t upsetting at all. Ford hasn’t produced a good sedan in American in quite some time. Ford’s car line up is absolutely boring and pointless, The same goes for Lincoln.
    I have high hopes, however, for this new CD6 platform. With rumors of a 4-door mustang inspired vehicle running about, It makes me hopeful for a new version of the Ford Falcon, which has been sold in Australia since the 70’s (or in South Africa as the Ford Fairmont GT-351) The CD6 has already proven itself with the Ford Explorer/Lincoln Aviator and hopefully this next mustang will follow in it’s success.
    My genuine concern, however, is the powertrains that Ford might use. Electrification is coming, we all know it to be true as unfortunate as it may be. However, we know that not everything will be electric or hybrid. The V8 engine is becoming a dying breed as more companies are moving towards Twin Turbo V6 cars and hybrid machines. Currently, Ford has the 3.0L Hybrid pushing out 450hp and 650hp, which is nice for a hybrid setup, the 450hp/510lb-ft of torque 3.5L Ecoboost from the raptor and the 647hp/550hp 3.5L V6 from the Ford GT along with the 415hp/415tq 3.0L V6 that powers the Ford Explorer and lastly the 350hp/350tq 2.3L Turbo-4 From the Focus RS. While I personally would prefer a coyote version of the trinity 5.8L V8 to power the mustangs from here on out, I know that’s not going to happen. however, a 4.0L twin turbo V8 ecoboost pushing out 510hp/530tq would be nice with a 10-speed auto or DCT, AWD, magnetic ride, Brembo brakes torque vectoring, and other performance goodies. What would really be nice would be for these powertrains to end up in the Mustang, a CD6 gran-coupe (falcon) and the explorer. It would also be nice if they could make their way into the Ranger and the F150 as well since this seems to be the direction that Ford is going with their vehicles.

  2. This is a horrible mistake. The Ford Fusion is better than the Chevy Malibu which competes, and better than all the cheaper imports. The Hybrid version is beating Toyota Prius sales again. Why abandon the midsize market when the imports are trying to sell more? And what will happen when gasoline prices climb again? Will all the Ford SUV owners have to buy an import instead?

    Keep the Fusion and make it a four-door Mustang-like sports sedan!

  3. I say, get rid of all FWD vehicles, Ford has only EVER made one good hybrid, the 450hp/600tq Aviator. Honestly, both GM and Ford should get rid of all of their FWD cars. This gives them a clean slate to used the CD6 (Ford) Platform, and the VSS-R (GM) platform and bring back better cars. Get rid of that BORING fusion, the focus, actually, any “EUROPEAN” ford (Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, Ecosport, Escape & Edge) and start from scratch with the Mustang, the Falcon (RWD based CD6 platform), the Baby Bronco (ranger based), the Explorer, the BRONCO (F150) based, the Expedition, the F150, and the Super Duty pickups along with whatever this “Mustang Inspired” electric crossover thing is (honestly hoping they make an internal combustion version w/ a 3.0L Hybrid variant) and two or three more electric cars with at least one of them being a high performance electric vehicle to out perform the Tesla Model S P100D sedan. If you want to compete with European cars, competed with the likes of the BMW M cars or the Mercedes AMG cars, if you want to compete with Japan, compete with the Lexus F and F-Sport cars but at lower price points, unless your going to finally start making real performance variants with the Lincoln line up (WHICH FORD SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING SINCE THE FIRST CTS-V!!!!!!) And by the way, a few Ecoboost V8 variants wouldn’t hurt either. They can be sub-5 Liters, that’s fine. BMW has a 4.4L Bi-Turbo that makes over 520hp, Mercedes AMG has a 4.0L that belts out 510hp. Hello!!!! Ford!!!! you should be paying attention to this kind of stuff!!!!!! Do it better!!! less expensive w/ similar power, you guys have been doing it for years you should have it down pat by now!!! You figure, two engines like that, even if Ford makes a 495hp 4.0L V8 Ecoboost and a 510hp 4.4L V8 Ecoboost right above a 450hp 3.5L V6 Ecoboost, a 415hp 3.0L V6 Ecoboost and a 375hp Turbo-4 2.3L Ecoboost, along with a Hybrid 450hp/600tq 3.0L ecoboost with the 10-speed automatics or even the new DCT units, Ford would be just fine. Keep the 647hp/550tq 3.5L Ecoboost from the Ford GT at the top of the performance pile, bring out a 2.0L Turbo with a 10-speed hybrid making 320hp/450tq and Ford has one hell of a lineup! So yes, Ford DUMP YOUR ENTIRE CURRENT SEDAN MARKET!!! IT SUCKS!!!!! If it’s not rear wheel drive based, DON’T MAKE IT

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